Not that “New York values” itself was exactly subtle in its anti-Semitic overtones, but Ted Cruz has decided to remove all doubt:
At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had “upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” said: “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Cruz, pausing for laughter after the phrase “New York term,” exaggerated the guttural “ch” to more laughter and applause.
But “chutzpah,” of course, is not a “New York” term. It’s a Yiddish — a Jewish — one. And using “New York” as a euphemism for “Jewish” has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.
I assume that at tonight’s debate Cruz will clarify that there are some “New Yorkers” he likes, like Sheldon Adelson, Avigdor Lieberman, and Yigal Amir.
Let me also add, #NotallCalgarians: